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Hamilton provides update on back injury amid fears he may miss Canada

Lewis Hamilton was left nursing back pain following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with porpoising a problem for a vast number of cars on the grid.

Lewis Hamilton says he is feeling better and will race in Canada after he was left with back pains following 51 laps of bouncing at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver informed his team of the pain mid-race via the team radio, and was seen to be struggling to get out of the car after the chequered flag. The injury has brought more attention to the potential dangers of porpoising, with boss Toto Wolff revealing that Mercedes may have to put their reserve drivers on standby for the event in Montreal. Hamilton has revealed, though, that he is now feeling better, with only days to ready himself for the Canadian Grand Prix – where he says he will race – but adds that while porpoising may look "terrible", it feels "100 times worse".

Hamilton: It's motivated me to keep pushing

He took to Instagram to say: "Congrats to George [Russell] on another great drive and an overall positive result for the team. "[I'm] seeing online that a lot of people are concerned about me with how awful it looked out there. It means so much that so many of you are sending love. "I’ll be honest, it looks terrible and feels 100 times worse. [There's] definitely some recovery and hard work with the team to do before Montreal to overcome this hurdle. "[I'm] feeling better already, though, and [it's] motivated me to keep pushing."

Hamilton will race in Canada

In a further update, also shared on the star's Instagram page, Hamilton said: "Yesterday was tough and [I've] had some troubles sleeping but have woke up feeling positive. "[My] back is a little sore and bruised but nothing serious thankfully. I've had acupuncture and physio with Angela [Cullen, Hamilton's physiotherapist] and I am on the way to my team to work with them on improving. "We have to keep fighting. There's no time like the present to pull together and we will." He confirmed: "I'll be there this weekend, I wouldn't miss it for the world."

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